Where is Your Attention

Prodigal: Sometimes you are more stubborn than a two-headed mule.

Me: Yes, that is why the Lord has to tell me twice sometimes.

There was a knock on the door. I opened the door to the air conditioner repair man. I knew he was coming. A part had to be ordered, and I had taken the day off so I could be here during the project. It would take about 4 hours so I had planned a couple of projects to work on at home while he worked away to make my house cool once again.

Romans my dog, became excited. I picked him up in my arms to then open the door. As I opened the door, he noticed Romans. He said he liked dogs. He allowed Romans to sniff his hand, and then petted him. Romans loves attention, and decided that this guy would be great to spend more time with him.

The air conditioning guy had work to do though. He said he would be outside, and left us.

What does Romans do? He sits by the door, lays on the floor,and sulks. He sulks as he watches the door. He is waiting for the guy to come to show him some attention. To make him happy, and play with him. So 10 minutes, goes by, 30 minutes, an hour, and then two hours.

Romans continues to sit there, and sulk. I am meanwhile on my couch, and he could have easily have moved to be with me.

I looked at Romans, and I felt bad. I could not tell him that by longing, and focusing on this guy he was missing out on time with me.

I could not tell him that this guy was temporary. That he would just be here for a short time. That his attention was not the attention that I could give.

Romans eventually moved to me, and I petted him. I even played with him a little while.

After playing with Romans, a verse came to me.

Galatians 1:10

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

I have to admit that in my past, I have been like Romans. I think that many of you are stuck being like Romans also.

We have God who is lovely looking at us. He sees some people come in our lives. We focus a lot of time, and energy trying to get attention from them.

We even become upet, and can sulk when that attention does not come.

God uses us in each other lives. We sometimes get attached, comfortable or get in a habit with relationships. Our focus becomes those relationships. Our focus becomes their attention. Our focus becomes how we can have fun with them. Our focus becomes how to maintain those relationships.

Meanwhile as these relationships take more, more of our time. God is left to watch us. We spend less time with Him. We know He is there, but instead of looking at Him. We look for when someone will walk thru the door. We can’t wait to get that next text, email, phone call or invitation.

Sometimes we have to turn our head,and heart. Sometimes we have to remember that God is there. God wants our attention. He wants to show us love, and support us.

Sometimes after a while when our focus is has been turned from God long enough, we start having to seek the approval of those relationships to maintain them. By seeking the approval of those relationships we ignore God who is watching us from a distant.

We then become.Galatians 1:10 for if I were trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Really when we take a look, we are more like Romans than we really want to admit.

I have been their. I also have had to repent. God was so gracious to me. I really realized that God’s relationship with me is something worth saying no to others about.

Maybe during this time, God is showing you something to. Maybe it’s time to seek Him. This could be a time that God’s relationship with Him is going to increase while other relationships may decrease.

Ephesians 5:3-5

But sexual immorality and all impurity of covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous ( that is, and idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

Jennifer Van Allen



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